Head Coach - Spencer Allen
Spencer Allen is in his third season as the head coach at Northwestern. He was named the 26th head baseball coach on June 14, 2015.
In 2017, Allen coached Northwestern to its first appearance in the Big Ten Tournament since 2010 and a run to the Big Ten Tournament championship game for the first time since 1984. The Wildcats were one win away from the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1957.
Allen turned the team around from a 6-18 start and posted a 21-12 record the rest of the way, including a 13-11 record in Big Ten play.
Allen oversaw the meteoric rise of Joe Hoscheit, who was the 2017 Big Ten statistical champion, after batting .468 in 24 conference games with 44 hits, 10 doubles and 29 RBI. His average in conference play was the highest by any Big Ten player in the last 18 seasons.
In addition to Hoscheit, Allen coached senior Matt Hopfner to another strong year behind the dish and incorporated talented first years Alex Erro and Leo Kaplan to the lineup in 2017. Hopfner hit .301 for the season, Kaplan batted .287 and Erro mashed .275 from the leadoff spot.
Allen captured his first Northwestern victory in his head coaching debut on Feb. 19, when the Wildcats swept a doubleheader against Nevada in Mesa, Arizona. In his first campaign, Allen christened Northwestern's new Rocky and Berenice Miller Park with an 11-5 victory over Chicago State on March 30.
Following the 2016 season, Allen was tabbed by USA Baseball to lead one of its teams at the 2016 Tournament of Stars. The tournament featured the top U-18 talent in the country and was used to help select the USA BAseball 18U National Team.
Allen came to Northwestern after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois in 2015. He helped the Fighting Illini set the school record with 50 wins and win the first NCAA Regional in program history. Illinois won its 30th Big Ten championship this spring, and it earned the No. 6 overall seed for the 2015 NCAA Baseball Championship, marking only the second time that a Big Ten program earned a national seed.
Under Allen's tutelage, the Illini ranked near the top of the Big Ten in numerous offensive categories, leading the league in hits, runs, RBIs, total bases, home runs and slugging percentage in 2015. The team won a school-record 27 consecutive games between March 30-May 20, falling only seven games shy of matching the NCAA record of 34.
Prior to his stint with Illinois, Allen served a two-year stretch as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. The Bluejays won 62 games in 2013-14 and the BIG EAST regular-season championship during its first season in the league in 2014. That was Allen's second stay in Omaha, as he also worked on staff during the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The 2005 squad won 48 games and the first Missouri Valley Conference championship in program history.
From 2010-12, Allen worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington State University, where he helped those squads average more than 30 wins per season.
Before returning to his home state, the Olympia, Wash., native spent time on staff with another Big Ten program, Purdue. Allen was the recruiting coordinator for the Boilermakers during the 2008-09 campaigns. Additionally, he has worked as a scout in the Detroit Tigers organization, and as a volunteer coach at Iowa (2004). Allen's coaching career began at Edmonds Community College in 2002, where he was an assistant coach.
Allen played three seasons at Iowa State from 1999-2001. He was a team captain during his final season and a 2001 All-Big XII Academic selection.
Allen is married to the former Jessica Draemel, a former softball student-athlete at Stanford University, where she helped the Cardinal reach the 2001 Women's College World Series. The couple has one daughter, Jada, and a son, Cole.